Winner gets closer to .500 in conference, the loser is probably looking at the bottom third of the SEC as its future. State is 11-12 overall, but they have been playing much better as of late. Minus the blowout loss to Arkansas they have been within double digits in their last 7 games (winning 4 of them). They have won @ Auburn and @ Tennessee.
Free pizza to be given out to the student body in Starkville. Maybe we should try that. No one (student) refuses FREE PIZZA right?
Fred Thomas and Rogues Johnson are the only ones averaging double digits (10.4/10.2) with Gavin Ware almost there (9.9) and leading the team in boards (7.1). This is not an offensive centric squad so expect a game in the low 60s. Craig Sword is still there... I think he played with Eric Dampier.
Not one player on the team shoots better than 36% from beyond the arc, but Ware and Johnson could be trouble inside especially with our even more depleted post players (Kessens out for the game leaving Taylor and Norris to fend for themselves)
Obasohan and Tarrant are out as well so we can relive the many years of short roster depth.
DJC pointed out that we probably need to win out to have an outside shot of the NCAAT... I have some swamp land in Nebraska to sell you if that happens.
I had this game as one of the ones we should win on the road... but they've been playing much better so I don't feel really good about this one.